We started our day by visiting Grace Christian Centre, where our team worked last year. When we pulled up, I immediately was filled with happiness. To see what we worked so hard to do being used and loved was amazing. As we walked through the gates, we were greeted by Pastor Banda. I kept walking towards the office, hoping to find friends there. Ana Banda, the pastor’s wife and school principal, came out to meet us with the biggest smile ever. She was so pleased to see us, and took us all around the grounds and introduced each class to us. I also saw my friend Margaret, who made me a skirt last year. There is something so special about coming back and being able to encourage them again. It was truly a gift!
Today’s main mission was to dive into the daily life of our Zambian friends. We divided into five groups and set out to the market together to gather supplies, went to our host homes and had adventures. Students from each group volunteered to write about their experiences!
The market – Peyton
Everything today was new. We visited a new home, with new people, new food, and new surroundings. The first thing our group did was meet our hosts at the church. Katie, Olivia, and I (Peyton), were paired with a woman named Cleopatra. Next we left to go to buy meal ingredients, and learned a little bit about Cleopatra’s life along the way. In the beginning we went to a larger store called Shoprite, where we bought some chicken, nshima, and fruit, among other things. It seemed sort of like a store that we would have in America, except with a lot of different kinds of foods. Then we went to the market across the street that had a bunch of stands and small buildings where people were selling mostly food or objects they made. Everyone who was manning a stand was very kind and talkative, and I even had a great conversation with someone we bought food from. At the market, we bought a lot of new foods, including sweet potato leaves, small raw fish, Chinese cabbage, and some groups even got a live chicken to carry home, kill and cook. The chickens actually didn’t move that much, even though Caleb was holding one by it’s wings. However, when we got on the bus, one chicken freaked out and we had to put in a box at the front. After that we went to Cleopatra’s home, and my group helped make a meal of Zambian food with Cleopatra’s help. After eating and cleaning up, we talked about each other’s lives, walked around the neighborhood, and talked to Cleopatra’s family, friends, and people that lived around her.
Home Hosts – Colby
Our team of Drew, Carly, and Colby went to the house of a woman named Faith. She is 21 years old and lives with her 2 younger sisters, her brother, her parents, and her grandmother. Faith became a Christian in 2009 when she went to a service at Apostolic Faith Mission Church, where they asked everyone attending if they wanted to give their life. She wanted to be apart of this awesome family and she decided to be reborn. She has been attending Apostolic Faith Mission Church ever since. Her dad is a policeman so he is not home much and her mom is a teacher so she is often at work as well, but her grandmother is someone she is very close with. Her grandmother is hilarious and is an incredible cook. Her sisters both go to school together but one is in 7th grade while the other is in 5th grade. Her brother also attends church. When we asked Faith what she would do if she could do anything in the world, she said that should would travel and visit many countries, including wanting to visit us in the U.S. She was very interested in learning about our journey with God and also teaching us to cook Zambian food as well as her. We had an incredible time getting to know Faith and learning about what it is like to cook, clean, and live in Zambia.
Cooking – Kara
Today Caleb, Joy, and I spent the day with an incredible family. There were five children home with their mother. It was a day filled with new experiences. At the market, we purchased several things, including a live chicken. After some instruction, Caleb learned how to cut off its head. We then plucked the feathers and cleaned the chicken. While the chicken was cooking, we learned the Zambian way to cut cabbage (held in our hand with our fingers wrapped around it…it’s moderately dangerous). A traditional African dish is called nshima (ehn-shee-mah). It’s eaten to be filling, but it isn’t very nutritional. Our team described it as bland with a texture of rice/mashed potatoes. The whole team enjoyed it. The strangest thing our group ate today were grasshoppers. We personally weren’t fans of the taste nor texture. Overall, though, we loved learning about culture as well as preparing food. It was so fulfilling to know that we worked hard to prepare our meal. I personally feel that in America, we often rush our meals. In Zambia, it is culture to take time to prepare each meal and eat as a family. Today, I took away how important it is to try new things and that family is a central part of Zambian culture.
Cleaning – Jaidene
A day in the life of a Zambian household was not only eye opening but something I am incredibly grateful to experience. Our team consisted of Justin, Corel, and me, who met with Enya and Catherine’s family. After preparing a variety of dishes for the family’s lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning the house. The short and rough bristles of the broom scraped the dusty floor and the child’s cardigan used as a rag to shine the ground proved to be hard work. The towels that were previously used to scrub the tables, dishes, and kitchen area were difficult to simply clean. Enya informed me that holding a cloth between your hands and cleaning it by rubbing it against the cloth itself as well as your skin was also how they did the laundry. The picture of having to diligently scrub each and every article of clothing was engraved into my mind as I continued to clean. It is truly a luxury to have proper cleaning supplies, whether it is washing machine or a broom where you only need minimal effort.
Fun Times – Lindsay
Today Casey, Matthew, and I had the privilege of going to Casey and Joe’s home with Joy (Our Zambian friend, not our leader). We helped them cook, clean, and had some great conversations. We ended our time with having a “jam sesh” filled with rap, singing, and learning new dance moves. I think it is safe to say that we rocked singing “Baby” by the Biebster at the top of our lungs for all the neighbors to hear. But in all seriousness it was super cool to sing Christian songs with Precious and everyone around us.
Tomorrow is safari day!